The West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is currently offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training to the Tuscaloosa County community. AHEC is a community based nonprofit whose main focuses are to promote diversity and retention of future healthcare providers in rural and underserved communities. The 8 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course is a nationally recognized certification includes:

1) introduction to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns in youth,

2) provides an overview of common treatments and

3) identifies local resources that youth can be referred to for additional assistance.

Upon course completion, participants will receive a certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health.


As an approved provider of the AL Board of Nursing, The Deep South Center for OH&S has awarded this program 8.0 contact hours (expiration date 01/03/2019) and for others 0.8 CEUs. This course was awarded 8.50 CEU by the Alabama Board of Social Worker Examiners, the Alabama Board of Education for 8.0 teacher CEUs and has been approved for 8.0 CEUs by the NBCC (provider #3000), expiration date 11/1/2017 through a partnership with the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies. The course will be held at the Tuscaloosa Police Department (3801 Mill Creek Lane, Tuscaloosa, Al 35401) on January 14,  2017. The course begins at 8:30am and will end at 5:00pm. The course fee is $30.00. We look forward to having the community come out and participate in this event!


For more information, visit or contact Mercedes Lightfoot, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, at or call (205) 614-6219 to register.


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